Plant of the Week: Camellias


Camellias are a classic in the southern states. They have been around for centuries and provide beautiful winter color with gorgeous flowers that are available in a multitude of colors. Flowers are produced amongst a dark green glossy foliage. Camellias can be used as foundation plantings, accent plants or in clusters. They are fall or winter bloomers and are cold hardy. They tolerant part sun and part shade and occasionally deer may eat them. Sadly they are not very salt tolerant but could be used in a planter instead of in the ground.

There are two varieties of Camellias: Camellia Sasanqua and Camellia Japonica

Camellia Sasanqua

Camellia Sasanqua is a smaller growing variety for the most part. It can be a medium to large shrub as opposed to a tree- depending on the variety. The Camellia Sasanqua come in a wide range of colors and styles from single petal flowers to more “rose” type flowers. Sasanqua are early bloomers and will produce their flowers some time from the end of September to the end of October and will flower until December to January- depending on the variety.

Camellia Japonica

Camellia Japonica has much larger dark green glossy foliage and this variety can grow larger than the Sasanqua variety. It also comes in a range of flower colors and styles. It is a later bloomer- producing flowers some time from December to March- depending on the variety.

If you would like some beautiful flowers gracing your garden in the fall and winter, when most things are starting to stop flowering, then come check out the choices!